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If you have a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement reporting wages for Massachusetts and another state, these wages may duplicate on the Massachusetts return. If this is the case, you will need to make an adjustment on the Massachusetts return.

On Line 3 of Form 1, report total state wages and allocated tips from Form(s) W-2. Income earned by a Massachusetts resident in another state is subject to taxation in Massachusetts. Generally, your total wages and allocated tips will be the same amount reported on your Federal 1040, Line 1.

To enter or edit Form W-2:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Wages and Salaries in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand the section, then click Wage income reported on Form W-2.
  3. Click + Add Form W-2 to create a new copy of the form or click Edit to review a form already created.
  4. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

Once you have entered the state wages, you will need to make the adjustment on the Massachusetts return.

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click State to expand, then click Massachusetts (or MA). On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click State.
  2. Click Income Topics in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Wage Adjustment.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  4. On the screen titled Massachusetts - Wage Adjustment, enter the amount of the duplicated wages as a negative number, then click Continue.

Note. If a wage adjustment is made on the Massachusetts return, you will not be able to e-file your Massachusetts return. This is a Massachusetts state guideline, not a TaxAct limitation.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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